Bhuvaneshwar Mandir was founded in 1984 in Brooklyn, New York by Shri Prakash Gossaiji on the principles of Bhakti and Gyaan or Devotion and Knowledge. The etymology of the word Bhuvaneshwar is 'Bhuvan' + 'Ishwar', where Bhuvan means world and Ishwar means God. It is another name for Lord Shiva as this form of God is known as the God of the World.
It was the vision of Shri Prakash Gossaiji that there should a place where Hindus can congregate and be taught values such as strength, hope and love that becomes a part of one's personality where people from any background come together and pray together. Guruji's vision and work together with the founding members resulted in a place where many Hindus called a spiritual home. This is where they grew spiritually with devotion or inspired love for God and were taught methodologies of how to deal with the challenges of life by way of our Hindu Scriptures.
It was the mission of Shri Prakash Gossaiji that there should be a strong focus on developing the children especially in Religion, Culture and Education. Guruji's mission is being accomplished by the Youth Empowerment activities conducted by Acharya Arun Gossai.
In 2004, Bhuvaneshwar Mandir shifted to Ozone Park, Queens and currently the Mandir is still a beacon of light for the community for people of all backgrounds.
ACHARYA ARUN GOSSAI
Acharya* Arun Gossai is the Spiritual Leader of Bhuvaneshwar Mandir, an institution of Higher Learning. Arun Ji's objective at Bhuvaneshwar Mandir, and the greater community, is for the youth to unlock all the rich teachings that Vedanta brings forth.
In 2011 Acharya Arun Ji felt a pressing inner call to study Eastern philosophy, known as Vedanta. Vedanta is defined as the science of the Higher Self. Inspired by the philosophical teachings offered by Chinmaya Mission, that same year, he joined the Mission's two-year residential Vedanta Course in India at the Sandeepany Sadhanalaya Ashram in Powai, Mumbai. Under the tutelage of Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda, and resident course acharyas, Swami Advayananda and Swami Sharadananda, Acharya Arun Ji studied Vedanta through various scriptures, including the Upanishads, Shrimad Bhagavad Gita, Shrimad Bhagavatam, and Ramacharitamanasa.
Acharya Arun Ji works closely with individuals from all walks of life as he aims to impart in them a thorough understanding of thy self, the world, and how to maintain a clear, focused and peaceful mind.
On May 14th 2023, in view of his tireless dedication and learned leadership of younger generations, Acharya Arun Ji was bestowed the honoured title of "Dharma Samvardhak" by the grace of His Holiness SadGurudev Swami Shri Gopal Sharan DevAcharya Ji Maharaj, Founder Acharya of Shri Golok Dham Ashram, Vrindavan & New Delhi, India.
Acharya Arun Ji is a graduate from Stony Brook University and had spent his early career as an Accounting Manager in New York City.
*Acharya: Sanskrit term for “spiritual teacher”
ACHARYA LEILA GOSSAI
Acharya Leila Gossai is the wife of Guruji Shri Prakash Gossai Ji and the mother of Acharya Arun Gossai Ji. Always interested in the higher pursuit of spiritual growth and development, Acharya Leila decided to join the Chinmaya Mission's 2 year residential Vedanta Course in 2014 where she studied various texts on Vedanta which included the Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita and the Brahma Sutras and 93 other texts on Vedanta Philosophy, the science of the higher self. Acharya Leila graduated the course in 2016 and one of her goals is to introduce Vedanta to as many people as possible kindling the interest find God within and to learn more about finding eternal peace in the process.